Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis-project was to explore the ways the experience of grief shapes us to be spiritually formed as God uses grief to reveal who He is and to shape us in the image of His Son. I explored the biblical and theological foundation that allows us to declare that God is with us in our grief and guides us through our experience for our good and his glory. I observed contemporary grief theory in order to see how such research can affirm the biblical revelation and guide ministry leaders in providing effective pastoral care for the experience of grief. Material was developed for use in a focus group of ten men and women that served to educate about the experience of grief; to understand and experience the ways that God meets us in our journey of grief and to explore a variety of spiritual disciplines that can guide us in our grief. I conclude with recommendations for effective grief ministry through the local church.